2014 Faculty Bios
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Chris Aiken is a leading performer and teacher in the field of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, composition, kinesiology, learning, perception and imagination. His work has been significantly influenced through the somatic practices of the Alexander Technique, ideokinesis, yoga and Structural Integration. Aiken has performed and collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung and Angie Hauser, as well as musicians such as Mike Vargas, Peter Jones, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford and Stephen Katz. His ongoing collaborative work with Angie Hauser integrates their shared interests in dance, improvisation and design. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop and the National Performance Network. Chris is the MFA Director and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department. http://chrisaikenangiehauser.wordpress.com/
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Omar Carrum is a founding member of the internationally touring dance company, Delfos Danza Contemporánea, where he serves as a choreographer, dancer and teacher. He has been a featured performer in over 60 works of dance, theater and opera, working with an international roster of choreographers performing in some of the world’s most prestigious theaters and festivals for dance. In 2000 he was awarded as the Best Male Dancer at the 21st Annual INBA-UAM International Choreographic Competition. As a dancer, he has been the recipient of the FONCA grant (National Fund for Culture and Art in Mexico) in 1995 and 2001, and the FOECA grant (State Fund for Culture and Art in Mexico) for artistic development in 2001. In 2009 he became recipient of a 3-year FONCA “Scenic creators with trajectory.” In 2009 he became the first Mexican choreographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship to develop his project Armoire for hate, fragility and uncertainty. In 1998 he co-founded, with Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz (Artistic Directors of Delfos), La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán, which has emerged as one of the leading dance conservatories in Mexico and Latin America.
Debra Cash has written about performing arts, design and cultural policy for print, radio, television and the web. During the year she gives pre-concert talks, provides program notes and moderates panels and events sponsored by regional arts presenters including World Music/CRASHarts and the Celebrity Series. A longtime consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts, Debra has taught dance history and world dance at the Boston Conservatory and Emerson College, and has served on panels and nominating committees for the LEF Foundation, The Yard and The Boston Foundation. Senior critic for The Arts Fuse, she was dance critic for the Boston Globe for seventeen years, followed by a five-year stint at National Public Radio. Debra is delighted to be returning to Bates as Scholar-in-Residence. She earned a Master of Design Studies degree at Harvard and maintains an active career as a customer insights researcher and project manager.
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Shani Collins-Achille (SNIC) was crowned “Contemporary Revolutionary” by Lax Thomas in The Studio Museum Harlem Summer Magazine and featured in Dance Magazine as "Warrior Woman" by Eva Yaa Assentawa who says: “ It’s a sure bet that when she takes the stage, she will deliver not only the movement but the core, the bedrock, the very meaning and spirit of a dance.” A recipient of the Martha Myers Choreography Award and a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award, she has choreographed and performed in the NYC Off Broadway Production of The Vagina Monologues at New World Stages and has participated, as a choreographer, in the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Her Brooklyn based company, SNIC/ Eternalworks DANCE, dedicated to fostering women’s healing empowerment through performance and community, has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s Raw Directions, Code Pink - Peace for Women, 651 Arts: Black Dance & Transformation, and Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Commissions. Her choreography has been presented at Joyce Soho, Judson Church, Aaron Davis Hall’s Harlem Stage, "Inside/Out" Jacob's Pillow, St. Marks Church, Bates Dance Festival, Philly Fringe Festival/The Painted Bride, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Performatica' Dance Festival in Cholula, Mexico, and at Kaay Fecc Dance Festival in Dakar, Senegal as well as in artist residencies in Seoul, Korea and Dakar, Senegal.
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Robbie Cook is a dancer, choreographer, Pilates and yoga instructor based in Los Angeles teaching in the Dance Department of Loyola Marymount University and currently creating new works with Cheng-Chieh Yu, Laurel Tentindo and Rosalynde LeBlanc-Loo. He completed a 200-hour yoga certification at Yoga High in NYC and has since taught yoga in NYC, American Dance Festival, Summer Dance Institute/University of Wisconsin, Dallas and Los Angeles. He received his Pilates certification in Chicago, subsequently teaching there as well as in NYC, San Francisco, Bennington College in Vermont, Dallas, Los Angeles and as a guest teacher in Minneapolis; Montevideo, Uruguay; Sapporo, Japan; and Cork, Ireland. As a dancer, Robbie has performed with Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Other Shore (dancing in works by Edwaard Liang and Stacy Matthew Spence), Dallas Opera's Production of Boris Godunov, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson,Jan Erkert, Karen Stokes, Nancy Garcia and MGM Grand among others. He has also commissioned two solos from Deborah Hay, participating in her Solo Performance Commissioning Project: Music 2001 & The Runner 2007. Robbie earned an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and has taught dance at Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts, TCU, Long Island University, and master classes at Pepperdine University, Harvard-Westlake School, University of Houston, HSPVA Houston and UCLA. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga.
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Mark Dendy Throughout his career, Obie and Bessie award-winning choreographer, Mark Dendy has steadily defied the expectation to work in defined categories and in standard ways. Without apology or caprice, Dendy has traveled from experimental dance, edgy East Village drag, Broadway, ballet, and opera to site-specific works, refusing to capitulate to the dance hegemony that often dictates artists’ choices. His work is known for its wit, searing social commentary, intense physicality and tour de force acting. His company, founded in 1983, has performed at PS 122, The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, SummerStage, and Dance Theater Workshop, as well as numerous national and international venues. Dendy has been commissioned by modern and ballet companies worldwide, most notably Pacific Northwest Ballet. Recently he premiered a site work Ritual Cyclical, for 80 dancers at Lincoln Center. Dendy has performed in the companies of Jane Comfort, Pooh Kaye, Ruby Shang, Pearl Lang and The Martha Graham Ensemble. He has collaborated with such diverse artists Don Byron, Julie Taymor and Boy George. He has taught at ADF, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of North Carolina, Duke, Juilliard, NYU, CalArts, Bates, and University of Washington. He has received a wide variety of awards and honors most notably a 1997 Bessie Award, a 2000 Obie award for his choreography for The Wild Party, The Alpert Award in 2000, five NEA Choreography Fellowships, and many grants including the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, North Carolina Arts Commission, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and more. His commercial theater credits include choreography for Taboo (Broadway); The Wild Party, The Miracle Brothers, Jacques Brel (off-Broadway); Pippin, Camille Claudel, Hair (National tour); The Magic Flute (Met Opera); Orpheus (NYC Opera). In the past year his group has performed at Danspace, Dixon Place, Barking Legs in Chattanooga and has been in residence at Silo and Dance Place (DC). Dendy has a commissioned residency at DANCEworks Santa Barbara for the creation of SET UP in April 2014 and premieres the autobiographical Labyrinth at Abrons Arts Center in June/July 2014. http://www.markdendy.com/
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David Dorfman a
native Chicagoan, is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
He has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for
the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American
Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a "Bessie"
New York Dance & Performance Award for David Dorfman Dance's
community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City
at venues ranging from the BAM Next Wave Festival to The Joyce Theater, The
Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St.
Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. He has been commissioned
widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance (Oakland, CA),
Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance
Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical, Green Violin, for which he won a 2003
Barrymore Award for best choreography. An avid fan of collaboration and
collective processes, Dorfman is pleased to tour an evening of solos and duets,
Live Sax Acts, with dear friend and collaborator, Dan Froot (UCLA faculty),
most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the
Arts in Zimbabwe. Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions
across the country and abroad, most recently at University or Nebraska –
Lincoln, Smith College, and the University of Iowa. As a performer, he toured
internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman
holds a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis
and an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College, where he joined the faculty in
2004 and is currently Professor of Dance and Department Chair. http://www.daviddorfmandance.org/
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Charlotte Griffin has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing for a broad range of artists both nationally and abroad. Her repertory has been commissioned by institutions including The Hartt School, BJM Danse Montreal, Barcelona Institut del Teatre, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Rutgers University and Princeton University. She created her first ballets at The New York Choreographic Institute with New York City Ballet, at the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Austin, Texas, and for Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech Kids Dance. Charlotte has received repeat invitations to teach and choreograph at the ArcDanz festival in Mexico and at The Yard’s Bessie Schönberg Choreographers and Dancers Residency. She was previously a guest artist at Springboard Danse Montreal, an Emerging Choreographer at the Bates Dance Festival, and recipient of the Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamiris Fellowship at the American Dance Festival for the International Choreographers Commissioning Program. Her award-winning dance films, Barefoot Negotiations (2009) and Raven Study (2007), have screened internationally and have influenced her continued research of choreo-cinematic form, motion, and style. She served on the selection committee of ADF’s International Screendance Festival in 2010 and currently acts as an Advisory Board member of TenduTV, an online dance channel. Charlotte has given master classes in Mexico City, Barcelona, Prague, Seoul, and throughout the US. Originally from North Carolina, Charlotte earned her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She joined Bowdoin College as an Assistant Professor of Dance in 2010.
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Angie Hauser is a choreographer, performer and teacher. Her work is grounded by questions of improvisation, performance and collaboration. Since 2000, Hauser has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company, receiving a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award for her creative work with the company. Some of her other choreographic projects include collaborations with gifted dancers Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Lisa Gonzales, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford, and Andre Gribou. Her long time collaboration with Chris Aiken as yielded multiple grants from the National Performance Network, and work presented at national and international venues. She has danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi, and taught dance technique, choreography, contact improvisation, improvisation throughout the US, as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France and Scotland. Hauser received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance where she teaches choreography, creative process, improvisation and dance technique. http://chrisaikenangiehauser.wordpress.com/
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Courtney D. Jones, named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2012, is a professional dancer, teacher and actress. She is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Choreography. She began her professional career in Miami, FL with the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre while attending New World School of the Arts. Jones is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. As a student she performed the works of Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Roger C. Jeffrey, Michael Foley, Heather Maloney and Kevin Wynn. In 2004 Jones performed with the Kevin Wynn Collection and joined Jennifer Muller/The Works where she taught and toured internationally for four seasons before joining Broadway's First National Tour of WICKED. She went on to appear in Show Boat, A Chorus Line, Urban Cowboy the Musical and Die Fledermaus. Jones dances with Hope Stone Dance Company and works as the Assistant Director of Hope Stone Dance II. She is on the Adjunct Faculty at the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston teaching modern dance and is a consultant in modern dance, musical theatre dance, composition and repertory at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. A highly sought after guest teacher, Jones teaches at numerous workshops, colleges and intensives in both Houston and New York.
As a consultant through artservices & company, Kim Konikow has been engaged in projects that facilitate artistic growth and build community with a focus on organizational development. Ms. Konikow has a varied background in the arts as a presenter, arts manager and administrator. Prior work experience includes Conference Coordinator for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance in Washington DC; Executive Director for The Mesa, an arts & humanities residency center in southern Utah; Executive Director for the statewide service organization, Minnesota Dance Alliance; Associate Director for Art Awareness, a residency and performance center in upstate New York; and Director of Special Events at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has served extensively as a site visitor and panelist for several regional, state and national organizations. She holds a BA in Art History and Theatre from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a dual MFA in Arts Administration and Theatre Direction from Brooklyn College/City University of NY.
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Stephan Koplowitz is director,
choreographer, media artist and educator known for his work on stage, film and
creating original site-specific multi-media works for architectural and
environmental sites. Since in 1984 he has created 65 works of which 45 are
commissions, and has been awarded a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts,
a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, a “Bessie” (2000) and six NEA Choreography Fellowships
from (1988-97). His work was produced and commissioned by NYC’s Dance Theater
Workshop (NY Live Arts) for eight seasons (1987-2006), Dancing in the Streets,
the American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the
Bates Dance Festival, London’s Dance Umbrella Festival, Choreographic Center, (Essen,
Germany), among other venues. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, his touring site dance company has created
new works in Idyllwild, CA, Los Angeles (2008) and Plymouth, UK (2009) and
Houston, Texas (Natural Acts in
Artificial Water) which was named the Best Ensemble Production of 2013 by the Houston Press. Koplowitz, with architects KBAS, won a
design competition for a permanent visual/media installation incorporating camera
obscuras and HD video for The Center for New Media in Salt Lake City (2013). He
has created dance films and media installations for the past thirteen years for
public installations in museums and festivals across the US. Throughcoursera.org, he has taught the first
Massive Online Open Course in dance: “Creating
Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works”, in its first offering, the
course had over 9,000 registered students. After 23 years in NYC, Koplowitz,
moved to Los Angeles in 2006, to serve as dean and faculty at The Sharon Disney
Lund School of Dance at CalArts.
www.koplowitzprojects.com & www.youtube.com/user/lanycart
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Claudia Lavista is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, who has been involved in arts since the age of eight. In 1992 she founded Delfos Danza Contemporanea along with Victor Manuel Ruiz. The company has since grown into one of Mexico’s foremost internationally touring modern dance troupes. Claudia has received many awards for her outstanding artistic works including Best Female Dancer in 1998, 2002 and 2005, and “One of the 10 Best Mexican Dancers of the XX Century” by the specialized critics in 2001. In 2008 and 2011 she received the prestigious National Arts Creators Fellowship from the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 the University of Chicago chooses her as a Mellon Fellow to create a collaborative project with the music department. She has been a featured performer in over 70 works of dance, theater, video and opera, working with an international roster of choreographers and performing in some of the world’s most prestigious theaters. Claudia has created more than 40 choreographic works and has collaborated with theater and opera directors, photographers, video artists, poets and other choreographers for nearly two decades. In 1998 she created, along with Victor Manuel Ruiz and Omar Carrum, La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán/EPDM, which has emerged as one of the leading dance conservatories in Mexico and Latin America.
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Rachel List has performed across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico and Europe as a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Vanaver Caravan, Partridge/Benford/Dance/Music and The New York Baroque Dance Company. Recent performances with the NYBDC have included appearances at The Kennedy Center, The Rose Theater (Lincoln Center), and at the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany. Ms. List directed and choreographed for her own company from 1985-1995 and was the founder and director of Manchester Dance, a summer workshop in Vermont, from 1987-1997. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee and has taught professional ballet classes in New York City since 1978 (currently at the Peridance Center). Ms. List is the Director of the Dance Program at Hofstra University and has taught previously at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Barnard College, Queens College (CUNY), the Paul Taylor Summer Institute, the Balettakademien (Stockholm, Sweden) and Danse Projektet (Copenhagen, Denmark). Ms. List has presented master classes and lecture/demonstrations in Baroque dance at Juilliard, Columbia University, NYU, Swarthmore, Vassar, Bard Graduate Center and F.I.T. and has served as a period movement consultant and/or choreographer for the Pearl Theatre, Bronx Opera, and New York City Opera. She is very pleased to be returning for her seventeenth summer at the Bates Dance Festival.
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Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe was born and raised in a township of Soweto, South Africa in the middle of Apartheid. He is a descendant of a long line of Sangomas (traditional healers) but believes that he is not a Sangoma, although he possesses their spiritual energy. The philosophical approach in Mantsoe`s work is based on the transformation or progressive preservation of cultures in the 21st century and the balance of different forces between African, Contemporary and Asian movements. During his formative years he danced in a youth club, called the Joy dancers, practicing street dances and trying to imitate, forge and develop the dance moves seen in music videos of Michael Jackson, Wham and “Fame” and give them a township groove. Mantsoe trained with Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in the early 90s, a Johannesburg-based dance company under the artistic direction and mentorship of Sylvia Glasser. From 1996–2001 he served as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of MIDM. Mantsoe has created works for Dance Theatre of Harlem (USA), Inbal Dance Theatre (Israel), COBA (Canada), Skanes Danse Theatre (Sweden), Ace Dance and Music (UK), Introdanse (Netherlands), Cie Entre Deux (Canada), and Ballet Theatre African (South Africa). He has presented his solo works across Africa, for Nelson Rolithlahtla Mandela`s presidential inauguration in 1994, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and on numerous tours to Europe, Asia and North America. He is a founder and artistic director of Association Noa-Cie Vincent Mantsoe. http://www.vincent-mantsoe.com/
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Yin Mei has established herself as a choreographer and
performer uniquely positioned to explore themes of artistic and spiritual
significance arising at the intersection of Asian traditional performance and
Western contemporary dance. A Guggenheim Fellow, and a Choreography Fellow of
NYFA, she was twice been nominated for a CalArts Alpert Award. Yin Mei has
also received grants from the Rockefeller MAP Fund, National Dance Project of
the New England Foundation for the Arts, Creative Capital and the NEA. As a
Fulbright Scholar (2011-2012), Yin Mei developed pedagogy for teaching the
creative process from the perspective of early Chinese aesthetics. Through a Fulbright
grant in Hong Kong she choreographed The
Seven Sages of Bamboo Grove for the Hong Kong Dance Company in collaboration
with director, Jay Schieb, and the opera, Nixon in China at the Theater du Chatelet,
Paris, with director, Chen Shizheng. Both her current creative project, Farewell my Concubine with Ningbo Dance
Company (China) and her research project, "New Taiji for Life" at the Shanghai Theater Academy, re-build
a system of artistic, creative, intuitive and self-healing power through Taiji
Daoyin's concept and practice. A longtime practitioner and teacher of Taiji and Qigong and a student of the I Ching,
Yin Mei is a professor of dance at Queens College CUNY, a teacher of
Contemplative Pedagogy for the Center of the Contemplative Mind in Society and the
artistic director of YINMEIDANCE. http://www.yinmeidance.org/
Shonach Mirk-Robles received her classical training in some of the world's best schools, including the School of American Ballet, The Royal Ballet School of London and Maurice Béjart's MUDRA. She was a member of Bejart's famed Ballet of the Twentieth Century from 1974 to 1986 and also performed with Switzerland's Zurich Operhaus, Germany's Hamburg Ballet and Italy's Ballet de Torino. Shonach’s advanced studies in Spiraldynamik® have become the major influence in her method of teaching classical ballet. She studied Spiraldynamik® while also completing her MDEd. The combination of these two advanced trainings has dramatically informed her approach to teaching technique through the integration of Spiraldynamik® principles. Through her collaboration with acclaimed choreographers she has developed a deep understanding of what today's dancers need in the way of a classical base for contemporary performance. Shonach founded her own school in Zurich in 2009 and also teaches, internationally, in Japan, Spain and Germany. http://www.shonachmirkrobles.com/
Tommy Neblett has been in the dance profession for more than 30 years - as a performer, choreographer, educator and administrator. He is the Assistant Director of the Dance Division at The Boston Conservatory, and co-Artistic Director (with Diane Arvanites) of Prometheus Dance Company and The Elders Ensemble (a group of post-professional dancers ages 60–92). As a performer, Neblett danced with Dan Wagoner and Dancers, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Concert Dance Company of Boston, Maryland Dance Theater and Prometheus Dance, which has five times been named “One of the Years’ Ten Best in Dance” by The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Boston Phoenix newspapers. He has also performed in films, fashion shows, nightclubs, opera and musical theater productions. As a choreographer, Neblett (with Ms. Arvanites) has been awarded a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, five Artist Grants in Choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a Citation for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick. Their dances have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce SoHo, and The Yard; throughout the east coast from Maine to Florida; and in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela and Ecuador. As an educator, Neblett teaches at The Boston Conservatory, The Boston Ballet and The Dance Complex, where Prometheus Dance is company-in-residence. He has previously been on the dance faculties of Harvard University, Emerson College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Oure Idraetshojskole in Denmark. www.prometheusdance.org
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Jennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007. She has also had
opportunities to work intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Nina Winthrop, Lisa
Race, Yin Mei, Doug Elkins, Martha Clarke, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate
Weare, Gerri Houlihan, Barbara Sloan and Dale Andre. Jennifer has
performed her own work and duet collaborations with Paul Matteson in NYC and
throughout the US, Korea, and Vietnam. She teaches regularly in NYC at
Movement Research and was a 2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.
Jennifer has also been a guest artist at Dance New Amsterdam, Bard College,
Julliard, BAX and numerous other venues in NYC.
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Lisa Race spent much of her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer in New York before heading north to Connecticut. She joined the faculty at Connecticut College in 2007. Race danced with David Dorfman Dance from 1989-2000, and was honored with a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award in 1995 for her dancing with the company. In New York, Race was the artistic director of Race Dance. While there, her choreography was presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Kitchen’s Dance in Progress series, and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse. RaceDance, in its more recent incarnation presented an evening of work at Connecticut College in September 2013, and has shown work at Dancenow NYC, The Yard, Wesleyan University, Bates Dance Festival, Rhode Island College, and the CT Dance Exchange at the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven. Recent travels have included performances and workshops in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (Isadora Festival) and Swampfest (University of Florida). In 2013, Race performed as a guest in David Dorfman Dance’s Come and Gone Again at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Karl Rogers is a dancer, choreographer and dance scholar. He has been a member of David Dorfman Dance for the past 8 years, performing in many of the world’s most prestigious dance venues— Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, St. Petersburg Danza Isadora, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Yerba Buena Arts Center. Rogers is also artistic director of Red Dirt Dance, founded in 2004. His company has presented work and been commissioned across the country. Rogers holds an MFA in choreography and is pursuing a PhD in critical dance studies from the Ohio State University. He is an assistant professor of dance at The College of Brockport, where he teaches composition, improvisation, modern dance technique, repertory and dance history, aesthetics and culture. Rogers’ performance credits include projects with Terry Creach, Paul Matteson, Colleen Thomas, Heidi Henderson, Meghan Durham-Wall and many others. http://reddirtdance.com/
David Shen graduated from the Chinese Cultural University, majoring in Martial Arts with a focus on Tai Chi Chuan. In 1997, Mr. Shen won the gold medal at the National Tai Chi Competition in Taiwan. He began his dance career with the Chinese Youth Goodwill Mission, touring 25 cities around Asia in 1991. He danced professionally with the Taipei Folk Dance Troupe from 1991-1997, where in 1992 he choreographed the "Martial Arts Suite" for the troupe’s special performance Ode to Chinese Culture at Lincoln Center. In 1996 Mr. Shen performed the special role of Villain in the Taipei production of the dance drama, "The Peacock Princess," and as ‘Director’ in the opening dance for the Golden Horse Movie Awards on Taiwan TV. In 1999 Mr. Shen moved to the United States in to work with the Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, where he performed until 2003. He has also danced with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company since 2003. He currently works as a dancer and choreographer based in New York City.
Martha Tornay founded the East Village Dance Project (EVDP), a dance development program for ages 4 to 19, in New York City in 1997, under the non-profit organization GOH Productions. In the Fall 2010, she opened her own space Avenue C Studio in the East Village, a studio that is home to all EVDP classes and to the Teen Repertory Company. EVDP presented the first Teen Dance Festival at La MaMa in Fall 2010. Prior to launching her teaching career, Martha graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where she received a Fine Arts Award in dance technique and choreography. Martha has over three decades of intensive classical ballet and modern technique studies with dance masters such as Mme. Gabriela Darvash, Gretchen Ward Warren, Robert Brassel and Merce Cunningham. She performed for 18 years with regional and international ballet and modern dance companies in the US and Israel. For the last nine years, Martha has been teaching at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, Bates Dance Festival and for the Louisville Ballet School. http://eastvillagedanceproject.com
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Pamela Vail is a performer, improviser, choreographer and teacher. She is a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation quartet, which teaches, creates and performs nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi with whom she has performed, toured and taught extensively since 1995. In addition to performing her own choreography, Vail has also worked with independent choreographers including Terry Creach, Heidi Henderson/elephant JANE dance, Tori Lawrence and Peter Schmitz, among others. Recently venturing into the realm of dance on camera, her collaborations with filmmaker, Jeremy Moss, have been shown in film festivals around the world. Philosopher Keith Lehrer, another recent collaborator, lectures on art and meaning while Vail improvises. She is currently assistant professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College. Vail has been dancing since she was six years old.
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Cathy Young received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in Sociology and Women’s Studies, and her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. She is nationally recognized as a master teacher of jazz dance, and has conducted residencies at over 40 colleges around the country, as well as teaching at major US festivals including Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and the international Open Look Festival, in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a performer, Cathy has danced with numerous companies including Zenon Dance Company and Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE! touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, and performing in prestigious venues such as the Joyce Theater in New York and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. For the past 20 years she has been focused on creating her own work, a dynamic mix of styles and dance forms that intermingles jazz, modern, contact improvisation and social dance. She creates choreography for her own company, Cathy Young Dance, and has also been commissioned by professional companies and presenters including The Walker Art Center, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, Zenon Dance Company, The Minnesota Opera and internationally by Kannon Dance Company of St. Petersburg, Russia. Her choreography has been recognized with awards and grants from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Target Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, among others. She was previously Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Dance at Ursinus College, and now serves as Director of the Dance Division of The Boston Conservatory.